24 Homes for Homeless completed in Quedgeley

Olympus Park, Quedgeley exterior view

GCH is pleased to have opened 24 new flats offering secure homes for former-rough sleepers and those at-risk of rough sleeping, in Quedgeley. The scheme was funded by a Government grant, the first in the country awarded under the Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP), to provide safe units of accommodation to prevent rough sleepers from returning to the streets following the impacts of the Pandemic.

A view of new kitchen at Olympus Park, Quedgeley
A tenant being presented their keys at Olympus Park, Quedgeley
A view of new bedroom at Olympus Park, Quedgeley

Michael Hill, Director of Asset Management at GCH commented “The building was a former empty office block and has undergone extensive work to transform into 10 two-bed and 14 one-bed flats across three floors. There have been many challenges with the build as the building industry has been impacted by material and labour shortages however it is important for us to deliver high quality housing that will provide a lifeline for many for years to come.”

Anita Pope, Director of Housing & Communities adds “GCH is committed to providing high quality housing for those who find themselves without a permanent home. Working with Gloucestershire Housing Partnership and with funding from the Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Program (NSAP) we have been able to provide this much needed accommodation which together with specialist support from P3 will provide a route into permanent housing.

Unfortunately, there is a huge demand for longer-term secure homes for those who were/are at risk of rough sleeping and the new developments allow more Gloucestershire residents to stay local whilst seeking future permanent housing.”

P3 Head of Services Matt Gasside stated “The development of 24 homes in Quedgeley is something that we should all be proud of. At P3, our hope now is to build upon this positive scheme by ensuring bespoke and strength-based support is available to all of the people who live here. Building trust and relationships with people is the key to offering a route away from homelessness for good.”

The £1.7million NSAP grant has now enabled GCH to deliver an extra 37 units of longer-term housing across three schemes within Gloucester. GCH now manages 102 homes for those who find themselves homeless including another City Centre development of 9 units of interchangeable temporary family accommodation completed in late 2020 and properties dispersed across the City.

Launch day at Olympus Park, Quedgeley